Our Facilities Divisions are on call 24/7 reporting for duty when the worst happens, like a pipe break or ice storms that require speedy clean up. We provide safe water, ensure steady electricity, and keep campus healthy by cleaning and disinfecting shared spaces like restrooms and classrooms. We even plant gardens that make it possible for national recognitions like "Tree Campus USA" and "Bee Campus USA."
The point is, sometimes it's hard to be cheerful when you're working in uncomfortable conditions. It's hard to "think outside the box" when you're working in, well, a box. Or a pipe. But every day we have employees that continue to smile, take on the risk, and just plain dazzle us with their ideas to save campus money, protect resources, and help others.
The purpose of these awards is to recognize employees that make us all look great.
Nomination & Selection
Learn more about how to nominate a candidate for selection and how the selection process works!
Employee Recognition Criteria
We'd like to recognize our non-supervisory staff that embody any combinations of these great qualities and actions.
This person is willing to assist with tasks outside of their job description to benefit the university as a whole. Other examples: Can be relied upon to return to work during emergencies. Is scrupulous and honest in accounting for time.
Demonstrably takes responsibility for the entire campus beyond a specifically-assigned area. Keeps tools and/or supplies inventoried and in good order. Finds ways to maintain tools, trucks, uniforms, etc. so they perform better or last longer.
Spreads good cheer while keeping it professional. Uplifts co-workers. Supports students. Delights Customers. This candidate has probably received "staff shout outs" or other praise from customers. Promotes teams and teamwork to improve outcomes.
Finds new ways to make good use of what is at hand. Examples: Applies for and receives grants. Generates ideas that are implemented to save money. May create a database, a manual or a communication process that improves workflows. Never brings a supervisor a problem without also bringing one or more possible solutions. Is not afraid to lead.
Finds ways to change processes in order to reduce wastes of time, materials, or supplies. Finds ways to recycle materials. Reduces pollution or chemical use. Creates healthier environments for students, employees, wildlife or plants.
Helps a new employee adapt. Teaches a co-worker a new skill. Serves as a sounding board for others and keeps confidences. Passes knowledge about the university along to the next generation.
Improves the community at large by serving as a volunteer.